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Clean code that works--now. This is the seeming contradiction that lies behind much of the pain of programming. Test-driven development replies to this contradiction with a paradox--test the program before you write it.
A new idea? Not at all. Since the dawn of computing, programmers have been specifying the inputs and outputs before programming precisely. Test-driven development takes this age-old idea, mixes it with modern languages and programming environments, and cooks up a tasty stew guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for clean code that works--now.
Developers face complex programming challenges every day, yet they are not always readily prepared to determine the best solution. More often than not, such difficult projects generate a great deal of stress and bad code. To garner the strength and courage needed to surmount seemingly Herculean tasks, programmers should look to test-driven development (TDD), a proven set of techniques that encourage simple designs and test suites that inspire confidence.
By driving development with automated tests and then eliminating duplication, any developer can write reliable, bug-free code no matter what its level of complexity. Moreover, TDD encourages programmers to learn quickly, communicate more clearly, and seek out constructive feedback.
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This book follows two TDD projects from start to finish, illustrating techniques programmers can use to easily and dramatically increase the quality of their work. The examples are followed by references to the featured TDD patterns and refactorings. With its emphasis on agile methods and fast development strategies, Test-Driven Development is sure to inspire readers to embrace these under-utilized but powerful techniques.
Kent Beck consistently challenges software engineering dogma, promoting ideas like patterns, test-driven development, and Extreme Programming. Currently affiliated with Three Rivers Institute and Agitar Software, he is the author of many Addison-Wesley titles.
This is one of my favorite technical books that I've bought. This book has single highhandedly revised the way that I consider programming.Published 6 months ago by Ben Liyanage
This is the most helpful book I've read so far on getting you familiar with testing. You get walked through creating a currency model using TDD and then walk through creating your... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Bartz
Probably the best book on unit testing there is. There are few books that are as easy to read, but still pack so much punch with each page as this one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michal
Mr Beck is my hero. This book is short and focused. It presents a pretty simple and seemingly silly process of writing the tests before the code that implements it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sean A. Levin
Kent Beck is one of my favorite authors. Learning and becoming proficient at TDD requires a shift in how software development is approached. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Coder Guy
I don't think I've ever given anything one star before, but I was so disappointed by this book.
First, I LOVE testing, it gives you a confidence about how your code will... Read more
I first read this book over 10 years ago. It is still incredibly relevant - now maybe more than ever. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Scott
This book is a good prepares you for a practical application of Agile, Test-Driven Development with easy decomposition of the process and clear guidelines to making it a reality.Published 18 months ago by Charles Maitland
One of the concepts I loved about this book was the emphasis placed on making quality everyone's responsibility. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Evan Leybourn - Author of Directing the Agile Organisation